Impacts of Climate Change on the Revenues and Adaptation of Farmers in Senegal

  • This study uses the Ricardian method to measure how climate affects net revenues. Using
    empirical data about current farmers, it is designed to predict how climate change is likely to
    affect future farmers in Senegal. The Ricardian method is a cross-sectional technique that
    measures the factors that determine farmers’ net revenues (Mendelsohn et al. 1994). An
    inquiry into 1080 sampled households, distributed across many different climate zones so that
    there would be a great deal of climate variation, shows that farmers in Senegal have a low net
    revenue and suggests that small rainfed farms are highly vulnerable to climate change. The
    Ricardian models used show that net revenue depends on crop harvest, humidity and
    temperature. The study also reveals that farmers have several ways of adapting to climatic
    constraints: diversifying crops, choosing crops with a short growing cycle, weeding early in
    the north and late in the south, praying, and so on.

  • Sene, Isidor Marcel; Diop, Mbaye; Dieng, Alioune

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  • 2006-00-00

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  • West Africa